Colton Groome at Big Brothers Big Sisters
(L to R) Matt Donohue, Stacey Anderson, Jamye Davis (Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC), Laura Green, and Colin Larsen

Colton Groome Remains Community Minded

2019 was a year for enhanced community involvement. We had so many requests for community support we initiated new support guidelines. Effective in 2019, community support became client- and employee-driven. This was done in an initiative to consolidate support to select organizations that have directly impacted our close-knit community.

This consolidated support was also the start of a new Colton Groome Tradition! As you may know, our management team has been building the Colton Groome Community Support Fund for several years with the guidance of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Colton Groome contributes 10% of profits to the Community Support Fund. Effective in 2019, Colton Groome management made the decision to create an employee-driven community donation program. The Colton Groome team members were asked to meet, discuss possible non-profits for donations, and organize the distribution of allocated funds. Erick Robinson was selected as our Community Support Team Leader and organized the entire project from start to finish.

Community Support Fund: Who did Colton Groome Support in 2019?

In January 2019, and December 2019, Colton Groome employees nominated the following organizations for donations:

The Colton Groome Team was so excited to come together for this project. In addition to this support plan, we are proud to say 100% of our Colton Groome employees participate in the annual giving campaign to United Way of Asheville Buncombe County.

Other Community Support Campaigns in 2019 were directed to:

The Walnut Cove Members Association Weekend of Giving –This single-weekend event at The Cliffs of Walnut Cove, raised more than $370,000 in local grants for non-profits such as Pisgah Legal Services, Mountain Child Advocacy Center, ARC of Buncombe County, and many others. If you would like more information on how to join this campaign in 2020, please reach out to Mike Haislip at mhaislip50@gmail.com.

Kenmure Fights Cancer – This annual campaign holds numerous events throughout the year including a Gala, Golf Tournament, 5K and Tennis Tournament. Colton Groome was thrilled to exclusively sponsor the golf tournament this year, helping with this campaign’s grand total of over $95,000 raised directly for local Cancer programs at AdventHealth Hendersonville and Pardee Hospital Cancer Center. If you would like more information on this remarkable charity in 2020, reach out directly to the Kenmure Fights Cancer Board of Directors at admin@kenmurefightscancer.org.

The Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County – In August of 2019, we joined the Preservation Society in their annual event: The Time Traveling Gala. This year focused on European-style preserved properties in Asheville; however, the Preservation Society’s Mission always vows the following: To sustain the heritage and sense of place that is Asheville and Buncombe County through preservation and promotion of the unique historic resources of the region. If you have questions on how you can join this campaign in 2020, reach out to Jessie Landl using development@psabc.org.

A-B Tech UpSKILL Program – This initiative through A-B Tech offers a variety of classes at correctional facilities in Buncombe and Madison counties, and provides residents with a Career Navigator for support with resumes, job coaching, and by creating connections directly with employers, for a wider range of employable options. For more information on how you can support this program, reach out directly to Philip Cooper at philipacooper@abtech.edu.

The HardLox Jewish Festival – Each year, Colton Groome supports the HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival, hosted by Congregation Beth HaTephila, and co-sponsored by the City of Asheville. For information on supporting the festival, please reach out to Marty Gillen at marty@gillen.com.

We are so thankful to our clients that directed these sponsorships and community gifts, as well as these non-profits that continue their good work each and every day. If you would like to request sponsorship or support for your favorite charity in future fiscal years, please complete a request using our online form: coltongroome.com/community-involvement/, or by emailing dadams@coltongroome.com.